VONA is the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the U.S. founded by and for writers of color as a revolution. VONA rewrites the literary landscape, creating new aesthetics and narratives. At the intersection of social justice and artistic mastery, VONA builds individual mastery and artistic communities that create new cultural understandings, changing the way individuals and societies perceive themselves. Many alumni have also established presses, created anthologies, and participated in fellowships.
Over 2,400 writers from around the globe have participated in VONA since 1999. Cinelle Barnes, Elaine Castillo, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Patricia Engel, Daisy Hernandez, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Tayari Jones, Lisa Ko, John Murillo, Daniel Jose Older, Ingrid Rojas, Danez Smith, and Rich Villar are among the more than 400 alumni who have published books, receiving literary prizes and international recognition.
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